Dayton school board members clash over decision to buy or lease buses

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:26 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

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A Dayton Public Schools finance committee meeting Monday evening got heated after members disagreed about how many new school buses to acquire and how to pay for them.

Finance committee Chair Joe Lacey decided to step away as chair for this issue, because he disagrees with the committee’s recommendation to buy or lease as many as 115 school buses.


“I don’t agree with the position that the finance committee is taking,” the school board member said.

But board member Adil Baguirov said it makes much more sense to lease or finance 110 to 115 new buses. He said this will remedy safety risks and will be a better deal for taxpayers.

“I am a proponent of using the power of financing or leasing to afford a lot of buses at once,” he said. “We have a very old fleet of buses.”

The finance committee proposes leasing or financing 110 to 115 buses, instead of buying 30 new buses, which was the district’s original plan. The district has 200 buses, which have an average age of 14 years old.

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The district’s oldest bus is 27 years old.

The district budgeted $2.6 million for 2016-2017 to buy new school buses. The district would be able to acquire about 30 new buses.

But Baguirov said it is cheaper and more advantageous to finance 115 buses at once, instead of replacing 30 buses each year.

Depending on what financing option the board chooses, he said, the annual cost to the district could be between $1.1 million to $2.1 million.

The length of financing period could be five to 10 years. Baguirov said the cost of new school buses is expected to increase significantly in coming years, so this would be a wise long-term investment.

Lacey said he disagrees with this approach and asked to step aside as chair of the finance committee when this proposal is introduced.

The chair of the finance committee must present the resolution to the full board.

“I am not advocating for this, because I think I’ll vote against it,” he said. “I think it’s too many — I don’t think we need 115 buses.”

Lacey said he also does not think it is wise to commit the district to such a sizable purchase at this time.

He said the proposal is an overreaction to news coverage and complaints about the condition, age and other concerns about the buses.

Kettering home invasion victims indicted for marijuana cultivation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Six months after a Kettering family suffered a home invasion, the victims are charged with drug crimes that police say led to the armed intrusion.

Bobby R. Napier, 36, and Anne K. Goodrich, 44, were indicted for felony illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor endangering children, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

They are both ordered to appear July 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Kettering police were called to the family’s home around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2016, after the victims told police two armed, masked men forced their way inside. The two adults quickly became the focus of a police narcotics investigation after responding officers reported they found a marijuana grow operation inside the house, Kettering police officer John Jung said in December. There also were two children, ages 16 and 2, in the house. The drugs were the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion, Jung said.

It is not clear whether the intruders were identified or arrested.

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Police evidence crew in Dayton home where victim in shooting says he escaped kidnappers

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

UPDATE @ 10:02 p.m.: A Dayton police evidence crew is processing a residence in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue where a male wounded in a shooting said he had been a kidnapping victim, police Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The victim said he was shot in the arm, jumped through a window at West Hillcrest to escape and went to a relative's home on Rugby Road, where police were called.

Bauer said based on information from the victim, police went to the house on West Hillcrest. The Dayton SWAT team was called out to protect the citizens in the neighborhood, he said. 

After about 2-and-a-half hours, the SWAT team secured the house on West Hillcrest and an evidence crew is in the house. No one has been apprehended, but, Bauer said, police are looking for two brothers. 

The lieutenant said the victim has told police he knows his assailants and why he was kidnapped. Bauer said police do not believe the incident is gang related or involves drugs. 

If you know anything about what happened at West Hillcrest or on Rugby Road, you are asked to call police at 937-333-COPS (2677) or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 9:39 p.m.:  

Police are opening up Hillcrest Avenue to traffic and apparently ending their SWAT operation at a residence on the same avenue.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.: 

Members of the Dayton SWAT team, with long rifles drawn and behind a shield, approached the front door of the home on West Hillcrest Avenue. 

They pounded on the door but did not breach. They backed off. 

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Earlier, police used a bullhorn in an effort to communication with two young men they believe are inside the residence. Police also played a very loud siren in an effort to disorient the people believed to be inside.


A Dayton police SWAT team was called tonight as part of an investigation into a shooting.

The special weapons and tactics team is at a house in the 400 block of West Hillcrest Avenue, and police are blocking multiple streets in the area.

The blockage and SWAT response is related to a shooting on Hillcrest Avenue, the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center confirmed. A man who was shot in the left forearm about 5:15 p.m. ran two blocks west to Rugby Road for help. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, police said. 

The SWAT team was called about 7 p.m. and is on scene as investigators attempt to search the residence. It has not been confirmed that anyone is in the home, but area residents said they believe at least one person is inside.

Inmate killed after attacking deputy at Nashville mall: reports

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

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An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports.

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In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Public health wants Dayton to raise smoking age to 21

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

            Dayton will be asked to raise the smoking age in the city to 21.

Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County plans to ask Dayton leaders to raise the smoking age in the city to 21 years old, following the lead of some other Ohio municipalities that have upped the legal age to buy tobacco products.

More than 220 cities in 16 states have increased the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, including Cleveland and Columbus, and most made the change in the last several years, according to advocacy groups.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she would consider increasing the age limit for public health reasons, but she has not discussed the idea with the commission.

“We really need to get young people to stop smoking,” she said. “But tobacco at 21 is something that makes a lot of sense when you look at the cost-benefit analysis for people.”

Within a year, public health plans to ask the Dayton City Commission to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco by three years, said Bruce Barcelo, healthy lifestyles supervisor with public health, earlier today.

Lifetime smokers on average have their lives cut short by 10 years, and 52 Ohioans die every day from tobacco related diseases, he said.

The region has made some significant strides to deter tobacco use, Barcelo said.

Greater Dayton Premier Management is prohibiting smoking and tobacco use at its properties. Nearly all public schools are 100 percent tobacco free, and Sinclair Community College is now also tobacco free.

Central State University already prohibits smoking on its campus, and Wright State University is going tobacco free on July 1, Barcelo said.

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But Montgomery County is home to more than 500 tobacco retailers, and some businesses fail to comply with or simply ignore state law by selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors without checking their IDs, Barcelo said.

Public health recently teamed up with Dayton police officers to perform compliance checks of state tobacco laws at 37 sites, and 21 stores sold cigarettes to underage customers, he said.